For the francophile followers of this blog, enjoy or pass along this episode of the French TV show La tournée des popotes, which recently aired. 🙂
Al Jazeera, recently published a documentary about the court battle of cancer-stricken workers versus their ex-employer RCA. (More background on this lawsuit, here)
“More than 1,500 former workers at a television factory in Taiwan have been diagnosed with cancer. The company admits that it dumped hazardous waste, polluting the land and poisoning groundwater. But did Radio Corporation of America recklessly expose its employees to cancer-causing chemicals? For nearly two decades, sick workers have been waging a David and Goliath battle as they seek justice in the courts for their suffering.”
Earlier this year, the workers won the lawsuit, but from what I gather, both sides are appealing, RCA to maintain their innocence in the ill-health of their former workers, and the workers to get compensation for all former employees, so the story is to be continued…
Behind the scenes pictures are available on the fb of Al Jazeera 101 East.
(hat tip: @taiwanmag)
(last updated: 2015/07/04 六)
A few months ago, I inquired about the availability of the German/Taiwan produced documentary The Raw and the Cooked – A Culinary Journey Through Taiwan in Taiwan, but ended empty-handed. Yesterday, I went back on the hunt, and tada, look what I found to share with you 🙂 .
The movie was uploaded on the Public Television Service channel, so I can only assume that it’s 100% legal, haha. Unfortunately, the Taiwanese version has been edited down to 50 minutes (to satisfy an hour slot of TV program I imagine) in comparison to the original version which lasts 83 minutes. And since it’s the Taiwanese version, dialogues in Chinese are not translated, which means more listening and reading practice for you 😉 .
The documentary was released in 2012, so if you are already very familiar with Taiwan, the movie may not hold too much novelty as you’ll likely already have heard of the places featured, and now made popular thanks to TV shows and the written press. But you’ll maybe have a sting of nostalgia with the few glimpses (at 1:00 and 3:55 <= cool aerial view) of the edible community garden that used to exist near Taipei 101. I actually never realized that the garden almost took up almost the entire block, and to think it’s now covered in concrete 😥 .
At any rate, familiar or not with Taiwan, if you like this little piece of land, its food and scenery, and have 50 minutes to kill, then it should be a pleasant watch. Enjoy! 🙂
With free wifi throughout the Taoyuan airport, it’s easy to keep our noses down, sucked into our mobile devices, before embarking and flying onto new horizons. During those in-transit wait times, I usually find myself Skrittering away, but seeing how I seldom take off from Taoyuan, I chose to stroll through the gates and see what the airport had to offer.
At Gate 7, Terminal D, I found myself pleasantly surprised to discover a small Pili Puppet 霹靂布袋戲 exhibit, those hand puppets with sophisticated physical traits, extravagant attire, starring in their own TV series, holding epic dialogue in Taiwanese, and battling each other with super powers. I always felt too wide of a cultural gap to gain an appreciation for this very traditional Taiwanese art which traces its root back to early mainland China, but lately, the ice has appeared to start breaking. Continue reading Pili Puppets 霹靂布袋戲 go on their First Plane Trip
Well, it looks like it’s time for another digest, a short one but still with some cool information. Enjoy!
In the Blogverse
Through the wonders of the WordPress blogs discovery vortex, I recently discovered Taipei Cats Café, which as its names describes is dedicated to bring readers the latest on the cats coffeehouse scene in Taipei. Apparently, the first cat café concept was really born in Taipei. For those wanting a little furry company, this sounds like the kind of place to be.
My other pick come from Recipes of City Life, where mimi muses about food and life, both in English and Chinese. I find myself particularly drawn to her food-related illustrations, bringing a nice Taiwanese touch.
A Blacksmith in Kinmen
How surprised I was to learn that Kinmen, one of Taiwan’s military outpost, was home to a blacksmith, Maestro Wu. Recycling remnant artillery shells from past military conflicts, Maestro Wu turn them into quality knives. On the company’s website (only Chinese), we can have a glance of the process, from bombshell-to-knife, and peruse through the knives catalogue. Prices are reasonably ranged from 40-200 USD. Pockets knives are available, as well as “outdoor” knives which appear to actually be for hunting purpose. However, if you’re really serious about getting a real hunting knife, you may be interested in earning it after passing through the Rukai tribe’s rituals and ceremonies.
Since I am on the topic of knives, here’s a cheap and handy tip to sharpen your knives: first, wet your knife, take a plate which you’re not emotionally attached to, using the bottom of the plate, sharpen your knife against the rim, wet you knife as needed again along the process. Now, I would not recommend using this method with your most cherished knife, since I imagine it may cause minor damages to the blade. I caught this tip while walking on the streets, while a cook was prepping for dinner service, the beauty of open kitchen in Asia.
Another Ode to Bubble Tea
The Transition band is at it again, and has come up with a song in honour of bubble tea, called Lost Cowboy/迷路的牛仔. A totally different vibe compared to the bubbly Bobalife, but still in style, British style that is. Check them out!